03 Apr 2015 16:50pm
LUDERITZ, 03 APR (NAMPA) A festive atmosphere prevailed on opening day of the annual Lüderitz Crayfish Festival at this southern coastal town on Friday.
Hundreds of people walked around the Waterfront, sampling seafood and other treats such as meat, sweets and homemade ginger beer.
A separate tent was erected to house corporate and Governmental entities aimed at sharing information to the general public. These included the Namibia diamond company Namdeb, Government-owned fishing company Seaflower, the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology, and the National Road Safety Council.
Local entrepreneurs were eager to take advantage of the influx of people from inland to sell their wares and make a profit.
Kauna Hamalwa and Sevelina Lazarus sat in the sun near the sea selling traditional Owambo products like omaungu (mopane worms), omahangu (pearl millet) and ongumbo (maize extract used in traditional beer). They also sold sweets, chips, cigarettes and soft drinks.
The women were experiencing a slow morning, but were hoping that as the hours progressed business would improve.
Granville Jahs was in his element selling freshly prepared crayfish.
I love this festival. It allows locals to come and taste expensive seafood at a cheaper price and the more we become involved, the bigger and better it gets, he said.
There was a jumping castle and swimming pool for children, while a live band intermittently provided music.
Elsewhere at the harbour, existing businesses such as restaurants, nail salons, barber shops, and small clothing shops eagerly operated beyond regular hours to benefit from the added count in customers.
The town hosts the annual Crayfish Festival to celebrate its sea life, multi-cultural roots, maritime history and fresh seafood.
The theme for 2015 is We love the sea.
The festival ends on Monday.